George Washington has the honor of being called the 'Father' of our country - but Jefferson was certainly our country's architect. He brought together the ideas and principles that have guided our country from the beginning. To remain a great nation would require a return to the blueprint he has given us. So as the political pendulum swings, let us see if we return to sanity, common sense, and the center once again.
For a review of 2,700 of his quotes you can go here.
And you can see some favorites below.
"Information is the currency of democracy."
"It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world. "
"All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression."
"Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny."
"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country. "
"Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies."
"I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of the world, and do not find in our particular superstition (Christianity) one redeeming feature. They are all alike founded on fables and mythology."
"Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty."
"To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."
"War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses."
"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."
"That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves."